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About the Musicians

About the Musicians

Here is a little bit about the musicians that will be featured for our benefit concert on September 24, 2017 at the Center for Spiritual Living (5801 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105). The doors open at 5pm and you can get your tickets by clicking here: BUY TICKETS

We hope you will join us! We will have children’s songs and songs of Syria in addition to the performances by the three main artists. Refreshments will be served and all proceeds will go to support SCM refugee programs.


Amal Alissa: Amal started her music journey at the early at age 4 in Syria playing piano and taking lessons where she played many concerts, after high school Amal took the professional route where she joined the High Institute Of Music in Damascus, a very high regarded music school in the Middle East, studied Piano as a student of Prof. Cynthia Alwadi and got her bachelor degree.
Amal was the soloist for the Syrian Symphony Orchestra where she played many concerts with different international conductors, and accompanied Choirs and many International Opera singers.

To continue pursuing her academic dreams, Amal moved to Lyon France to finish her graduate studies in the Conservatoire National De Region de Lyon where she earned her DPS in Piano and Harpsichord with Professor Marie-Annick Chamarande and Marie-Christiane Pinget.


Professor Bassam Bishara: Professor Bassam Bishara, musical Director, Composer, Oud (violin, Qanoun) and a Lead Vocal, was born in Rama-Upper Galilee, to a Palestinian music family. He started his music education at the Robin Conservatory in Haifa, and graduated from the music department of the Hebrew University. Bassam taught Middle Eastern music at the Music Academy in Jerusalem. He eventually went on to teach in private schools and formed a Middle Eastern Orchestra quickly becoming sought after throughout Palestine. In 1983, he was appointed Music Director for Alhakawati Theatre in Jerusalem, where his concerts, music and songs were dedicated to the Palestine cause. He also performed internationally as a soloist, blending tradition and innovation, and forging important musical links between the Middle East and the West, from traditional Arab compositions and arrangements to jazz, documentary films, and orchestral scores.

Bassam has received several awards: the “Award of Honor” for his achievements in linking traditional Arabic music and the music of the West; the “Jerusalem Encouragement Award” for his contribution to the revival of cultural heritage; the “Arabic Radio Broadcast Award” for his contribution in the revival of Folk songs of the land; and the “Arab Women Association Award” (London, England) for his role in reconstructing classical and traditional Arabic repertoires. He has performed in Canada, England, Germany, Palestine, Sweden, and at several universities in the United States. Bassam produced several CDs of traditional music and songs among which a recording of various Arabic instruments that he plays and mix in the recording studio, producing a final recording of “One Man Band”. Bassam moved to Canada in 2001. He teaches Middle Eastern music at York University and is the music director and composer for Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra.


Nader Kabbani: Pianist Nader Kabbani is VP of Amazon’s Global Transportation Solutions. He has been with Amazon for over 11 years and has been deeply involved in Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and in launching the Amazon Kindle and Amazon’s digital music and video services.

Nader holds an M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering degrees both from Texas A&M University. In addition to his talent as a classical pianist, he is an avid swimmer and squash player. Nader, his wife Oraib and their four daughters live in Bellevue, Washington, and have been long time supporters of SCM.

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Photos from our fundraiser

Here are some photos from our recent fundraiser. Thank you to Samia El-Moslimany for taking and sharing the photos! There are even more photos on our Facebook page.

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Fundraiser Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our fundraiser event this last Saturday. And thank you for all the donations, the volunteers did a great job, and everything went well for the most part. We had a big crowd – the room was packed! We had a tasty mansaf, thanks to our chefs and a huge variety of desserts for the dessert dash. We didn’t have to bring back much in the way of auction items, so that means everyone was in a shopping mood – thank you!

We had presentations by two doctors who have volunteered 100’s of hours to SCM, and they talked about their experiences in Greece and Jordan, the Syrians they met, and other volunteers from other aid organizations.

All in all, the event was great success and the money raised will go to fund a community/trauma center for the refugees living in the Tukwila area. It will provide community services for adults and children, and will have mental health professionals on staff to help people with post traumatic stress. It will also offer English lessons, and provide basic information and assistance as the refugees learn their way around their new home and community.

A highlight of the event were remarks given by Washington’s Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib. Below is just an except of his remarks, and you can read the summary provided by his office at this link: Lt. Gov Cyrus Habib Remarks

In his keynote address, the Lt. Governor spoke to the nexus between Salaam Cultural Museum’s work, and Washington state’s role in responding to the current refugee crisis and political climate. The Lt. Governor first acknowledged the damage the Trump administration’s travel ban wrought on Washington state — both for its impact on student travelers, and for its impact on friends and families wishing to visit loved ones to or from any of the seven originally banned majority-Muslim countries.

It is for our state’s widespread repudiation of that policy, the Lt. Governor said, that it is a “proud time to be a Washingtonian.” Across the country, he said, Washington state is seen as an example for its success in securing the first nationwide legal block of the Trump administration’s travel ban, and for demonstrating massive political support for immigrants and refugees at the municipal, county, and state level.

And although Senator Cantwell was unable to attend, she had a representative read a statement she had prepared for the event. You can read it by clicking on the image to enlarge it. Cantwell letter

 

Thanks to all again for your continued support of SCM’s mission and programs!

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SCM Fundraiser Event

Join SCM at our fundraiser event on May 20, 2017 in Seattle. We will be serving a traditional middle eastern dinner, and we will have speakers and a silent auction.

Our event will be held at the new Centilia Cultural Center at El Centro de la Raza at 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival Street, Seattle WA 98144. Doors open at 6 pm and the event will close at 9 pm. We hope you can join us to support our programs to aid the refugees both here and abroad.

For complete details and to purchase your tickets, click here to go to the Eventbrite page.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, there will be no sales at the door.

See you there!

Eventbrite - SCM Dinner Fundraiser

 

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Clothing Drive Success!

SCM recently worked with the Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) in Redmond, WA to hold a clothing drive to raise funds for our food aid program. The drive, held on February 11th, brought in over 25,000 pounds of clothing and other soft household goods! Good will, whom we are partnering with, will be sending a check to SCM for over $5000 that will be used to buy food for refugees in Greece and Jordan.

SCM gives a big thank you to the MCRC and the entire community that participated and donated to this drive. The refugees thank you, and we are proud of all your efforts to support the refugees in need.

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May Clothing Drive Results

Thank you to everyone who helped and donated to our clothing and household goods drive that just wrapped up yesterday (May 31). It was a huge success, here are the totals:

12,376 pounds of soft goods/clothing turned in yesterday
1102 pounds of soft goods/clothing turned in last week
439 pounds of hard goods, books, household items

Total = 13,917 pounds!!!!

Value Village will be giving SCM just over $2700, that will be put to good use right away on our programs to help refugees in Jordan. The money will go to the Ramadan Food Drive to provide food for the refugee families. $31 buys a box of staples and a small amount of meat to feed one family for a month.

Thank you to all of our drop off locations: MAPS/MCRC in Redmond, Masjid Dar al-Arqam in Lynnwood, and Miro Tea in Ballard. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help load, drive, unload the trucks!

And thank you to Value Village for having this program that helps us raise much needed funds! They are a pleasure to work with and Bernice is always so helpful!